Background ..

The Ubomi Obutsha Centre first opened in 1998, under the leadership of American missionaries, Don and Judy Bixler, as an outreach project of  Combined Christian Ministries to the Poor to the vulnerable children and their families of the township of Kwazakhele, Port Elizabeth,      South Africa 


Over the years, the project grew in scope, reach, ability and community participation until it was decided to establish it as a standalone non-profit organisation.


This was finalised in late 2015.


The Ubomi Obutsha Centre is currently run by Mark Lawler and Nondumiso Langa and services around 700 children per month through 19 distinct activities.  This is all made possible by those who identify with our mission and contribute materially or financially and the input (in 2017) of 14 community, 17 local, and 5 international volunteers.


"Ubomi Obutsha" means "New Life" in isiXhosa, the local traditional language.



Early Days - UOC front - Around 2004 .
Early Days - Construction - 1998
Early Days - Out In The Community .
Early Days - Sunday School
Early Days - Youth Club
Handing over leadership - 2005
Soup Kitchen
Tunnels going up in 2012 .
Early Days - Waiting for club to start .
UOC Today .

Director: Mark Lawler  -  +2782 473 4389    Manager: Nondumiso Langa  -  +2772 685 4379

Collections: Guy Cloete  -  +2782 490 7913    Community Rep: Mabhele Mafuna  -  +2782 488 7999

Location: 164 Salamntu Street, KwaZakhele, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

(33°52’07.88”S 25°34’49.19”E)

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“If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday."

- Isaiah 58 vs 9-10